New requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) in shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and general industry will take effect October 9, 2009, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), which issued an updated final rule in the Federal Register on September 9, 2009. The revision sets new requirements for eye- and face-protective devices and for head and foot protection.
The affected standards are found in subpart I of 29 CFR 1915 for Shipyard Employment, subpart E of part 1917 for Marine Terminals, subpart J of part 1918 for Longshoring, and subpart I of part 1910 for General Industry.
OSHA is updating the references in its regulations to reflect more recent editions of the applicable national consensus standards that incorporate advances in technology.
“Workers exposed to occupational hazards requiring head, foot, or eye and face protection will now be provided protection based on a standard that reflects state-of-the-art technology and materials,” said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. “This final rule is another step in OSHA’s efforts to update or remove references to outdated national consensus and industry standards.”
Among the amendments to the PPE standards is a requirement that filter lenses and plates in eye protection equipment meet a test for transmission of radiant energy such as light or infrared.
For technical inquiries, contact Ted Twardowski, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, at 202-693-2070.
To read the revisions published in the Federal Register, go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21360.htm.
For more information about OSHA, visit http://www.osha.gov.